Morehouse Parish Public Library patrons will have the opportunity to spend three weeks this summer learning about the detective story author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his super sleuth character, Sherlock Holmes.
The learning series, “Arthur Conan Doyle’s Life and Legacy: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson,” will be led by Georgiann Potts, a presenter familiar to MPPL patrons for her most recent study of Elizabeth Tudor through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ RELIC program. This upcoming series is one of a number of series developed independently by Potts in response to requests by several northeast Louisiana libraries.
“I am especially pleased to present this Sherlock Holmes series first to the Morehouse Parish Public Library group since it was a patron there who first suggested the topic,” Potts said. “Stan Woodson, a regular at these library programs, asked library director Ellen Highsmith to see if such a program might be developed. She and I discussed it and decided it would work.”
The series will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday June 3, 10 and 17 at the Morehouse Parish Library and is free and open to the public. Over the three weeks, Potts will lead discussion exploring aspects of Doyle’s life as reflected in his writings.
The first meeting will concentrate on the biographical facts concerning both Doyle and his creation, Sherlock Holmes. The second meeting will focus on the Holmes and Watson characters and there will be a screening of a classic Sherlock Holmes film followed by a discussion of the evolution of the detective story. The final meeting will explore one of Doyle’s book, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Participants will be provided with a copy of the novel to read prior to this third meeting. On this final evening, British folklore as well as Doyle’s role in developing suspense and science fiction will also be topics for discussion.
There is a sign-up sheet at the library and those wishing to participate can also pick up a syllabus there. For more information, contact the library at 281.3696.